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Fengaros: the Cypriot festival bringing music to a rural village

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Summer in Cyprus means way more than simply lounging at the beach and surviving the heat. Sure, hustling through daily life at 40 degrees is no easy task but the summer months on the island also mean it’s the festival season! Kato Drys was an unknown village to most before Fengaros Festival took over and rebirthed it. Many locals hadn’t even visited the v[...]

A letter to my pre-travel self

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Dear 20-year-old me,   It’s funny how you think life is so straight forward. Finish school, get qualifications, go get a job, a boyfriend, a house. Maybe get married and have some babies. It’s hard for me now to think that was ever what you wanted. You were meant to be successful, academic, have a long and fulfilling career and a perfect f[...]

Resorts we love: Club Med in Mauritius

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Before I became a mother I dreaded the thought of going on a club holiday, nothing was further from my mind. It was from my friend Caro who had a one-year-old that I first really learned about Club Med because she had tried one of their locations in France. I still remember how excited she was to stay there. About the activities, the staff and the (free of c[...]

The 10 Most Surprising Things About My First Trip to China

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China is a bucket list destination, with so much to learn about the country with the largest population and one of the world’s earliest civilisations. During a week spent in two beautiful cities which are close to Shanghai - Suzhou and Nanjing, I learned so much about China! At least, Eastern China. Overall, leave your preconceptions about China at home -[...]

The Bali Surf Camp Experience: Part One (told by a very bad surfer)

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"Want to go to a surf camp?" This question has been posed to me before. And the polite, American in me always says “yeah, it’s a possibility”, when on the inside I’m more like, “you know, I think I’d rather hike a nice mountain, work with rescued elephants, or throw myself into moving traffic before I sign up for what is, to me, a pretty scary sport, FOR SE[...]

Thai 7/11: a tale of bittersweet love

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"Bing-bong" the ubiquitous announcement of arrival that rings aloud with an unapologetic shrill tone. Shortly followed by a crisp, calm blast of faux-alpine air, peppered with the lingering scent of 1000 cheese and ham toasties. Sweet salvation. And a welcome respite from the midday heat. An oasis of tranquillity can be found amongst these dinky packe[...]

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